Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore is the Navy’s newest and largest Master Jet Base. Its mission is to support the Navy’s Pacific Fleet fighter-attack capability. Equipped with facilities to handle the most modern aircraft and associated weapons systems, NAS Lemoore fulfills a critical role in the nation’s defense and has a major impact on the local economy.
As the home of the Pacific Strike Fighter Wing, NAS Lemoore hosts fifteen aircraft squadrons and all four of the West Coast Carrier Air Wings. The F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter is the primary aircraft supported at NASL. Currently there are a total of 283 Hornets and Super Hornets. NAS Lemoore safely conducts over 210,000 aircraft operations annually, making it one of the busiest airfields in the Navy.
When the site for NAS Lemoore was chosen in the mid-1950s, the remote location in the central valley of California served several strategic purposes. The location was close enough to the Navy’s seaport facilities for logistical support, but far enough from major population centers to allow for most operations and possible expansion. Today, the remote location still provides for flexibility in use and infrastructure for operations and possible expansion to accommodate rapidly advancing jet technology.
Commissioned in 1961, NAS Lemoore consists of three developed areas: Operations, Administration and Housing. The Operations area includes the airfield, with two offset parallel 13,500-foot long runways, weapons handling and storage facilities, fuels, aviation storage, aircraft using maintenance and overhaul shops. The Administration and Housing areas contain building and ground maintenance shops, training schools, a hospital and medical/dental clinics, administrative offices, bachelor quarters, family homes. Community support facilities include two public schools, a youth center and a child development center. Annually, the installation employs or locally generates over 13,500 jobs and contributes approximately $982 million to the local and regional economy.
The Air Station accommodates a resident population of approximately 6,123 military personnel, 4,100 dependents, 1,477 Department of Defense civilians & contractors and provides services to over 8,100 retired military veterans
and their families. Additionally, it provides for 1,640 single family residence and apartment style units for up to 2,000 bachelor military personnel. Considering the 11,770 personnel working or living on the base, NAS Lemoore is considered the fourth largest “city” in Kings County.
Nestled in the heart of California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, the station encompasses almost 30,000 acres. Some 18,000 acres are owned outright by the Navy and 12,000 more are used under agricultural lease contract making for the largest agricultural lease program in the Navy.
Based on its remote yet strategic location, Naval Air Station Lemoore is a nationally critical asset with unique capabilities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.